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Oct. 28

An attorney who couldn't win U.S. Senate confirmation after President Barack Obama nominated him to a federal appeals court seat will be California's new solicitor general, state Attorney General Kamala Harris announced Monday.

Edward DuMont, 51, in January will become the state Justice Department's chief appellate lawyer, overseeing all civil and criminal appeals and litigating the state's most sensitive, complex cases in state and federal courts. Harris said Californians "will be well served by Ed's legal acumen and extensive appellate litigation experience."

DuMont, in Harris' news release, said he's honored. "While it will be hard to leave my current clients and colleagues, I look forward to returning to California, joining a new team and working together to build an expanded Solicitor General's office that we will all be proud of."

President Obama nominated DuMont in April 2010 and renominated him in January 2011 to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He would have been the first openly gay federal appeals court judge, but his nomination languished for more than 18 months without the Senate Judiciary Committee ever scheduling a confirmation hearing. DuMont asked Obama to withdraw his nomination in November 2011.


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An Oakland native, DuMont grew up in the Bay Area; he holds a bachelor's degree from Yale University and a law degree from Stanford Law School. DuMont has been with the firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP in Washington, D.C., since 2002 and has been a partner there since 2004; he's now a vice chair of the firm's appellate and Supreme Court litigation practice group. Earlier, he served seven years as an assistant to the U.S. solicitor general and as an associate deputy attorney general at the U.S. Justice Department, focusing on computer crime and privacy issues.

He has argued 18 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court on issues including employment law, the First Amendment, criminal law and administrative procedure. He also has been the lead author of dozens of briefs to the high court, and has filed briefs or argued matters in 10 different federal appeals courts.

Oct. 31

President Barack Obama will be back in the Bay Area in late November to raise money for Democrats.

The luncheon on Monday, Nov. 25, at the San Francisco Jazz Center will be hosted by novelist Robert Mailer Anderson and his wife, Nicola Miner, who held a fundraiser for Obama in their Pacific Heights home in February 2012.

An invitation to the event says tickets cost $1,000 per person; $5,000 for lunch and a photo reception; $7,500 for lunch and the photo reception for two; $10,000 for lunch and the photo reception for a family of up to five people; or $15,000 for lunch and a special co-chair reception. All money goes to the Democratic National Committee.

The San Francisco luncheon is part of the latest national fundraising blitz the president is undertaking on behalf of the DNC, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Obama did June fundraisers for the DSCC in Palo Alto and Portola Valley, and one in April for the DCCC in San Francisco.